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Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Lille

The destination..

Aux Merveilleux de Fred was not my intended destination.

But, thanks to my poor map reading skills (and perhaps good eyes for finding food), I stumbled into this little sweet boutique instead of the train station. This, as my luck had it, was the superstar patisserie of Lille. With a handful of Parisian and Belgian outposts, the Lenotre-trained patron chef Frederic Vaucamp is coming to be known as France’s meringue moderniser.

Marvellous boobies

To be honest, these plump, shapely hills of cream with a little dot on top appeared not too dissimilar to boobies. They are, in fact, known as “Les Merveilleux” – meringue enrobed with chocolate-y whipped cream and rolled in shaved dark chocolate. For some, they were very foppish looking; for others, they looked as if having been dropped on floor and carelessly reassembled. Taste-wise, there was an awful lot of aerated cream and sugar involved. All dissolved at a kiss and was very addictive.

At Aux Merveilleux de Fred, these babies came in different sizes – D Cup, F Cup. I didn’t like them big so I only grabbed the A Cup ones. There were also variants of white chocolate (with a black squeezing of dark choc Chantilly cream on top) called “Les Incroyables”. The coffee-flavoured ones called “Les Impensables” were also available.

Leaving for the train station, I did also ask for a Flan Nature to take away, and I immediately fell in love with the expertly jellied custard. Such a guilty pleasure…


Enough said,

My head rating says, “8 out of 10″.

My heart rating says, “7 out of 10″.

Aux Merveilleux de Fred

67 rue de la Monnaie

Tel. +33 320 51 99 59